CITY OF FRESNO STAGE 2 WATER CONSERVATION PLAN FAQ’s
Q: Why are we going to Stage 2 of the Water Conservation Plan?
A: To help control increasing water consumption and extend our water supply. Fresno has been a leader in water conservation for decades and aggressive conservation is the most economical and environmentally protective resource management tool available, helping Fresno meet the many challenges of water supply management.
Q: Are there any other reasons for the mandatory schedule?
A: Water is a critical issue in the city of Fresno. We are susceptible to drought and reductions or even elimination of our water allotments. The City constantly evaluates the need for increased conservation measures and recently, we’ve become concerned about our available water supply. Proactive water conservation efforts demonstrate our city’s ability to use existing resources responsibly.
Q: What is the watering schedule for twice-weekly watering?
A: ODD numbered addresses (street numbers ending in 1,3,5,7, or 9) should water on Tuesdays and/or Saturdays. EVEN numbered addresses (street numbers ending in 0,2,4,6, or 8) should water on Wednesdays and/or Sundays. There should be no watering on Mondays, Thursdays, or Fridays.
Q: What about watering during the winter?
A: Winter irrigation is prohibited in Stage 2 between December 1 and March 1.
Q: Are there any other changes in Stage 2?
A: No. Car washing is still bucket-only with a hose equipped with a nozzle for a quick rinse, and the rest of the Stage 1 water conservation plan remains in effect.
Q: What about the recent announcement by the State Water Board? Will I get a $500 fine if I waste water?
A: The stiff penalties imposed by the state board are only for communities that have ignored the problem and haven’t established water conservation programs like Fresno has. Because Fresno has been a leader in water conservation since the mid 90’s, we’re already in compliance with most of the restrictions announced by the State Water Resources Control Board. Our current system of repeated warnings followed by a $45 fine remains in effect.
Q: How long will we stay in Stage 2?
A: They’re in effect, year-round, until further notice.
Q: Can I use drip irrigation, a soaker hose or hand water?
A: Yes, these more efficient watering methods are allowed.
Q: How can I get more information on conserving water?
A: Additional information is available on the City’s website HERE. Specific information about the Stage 2 water conservation plan can be found at fresno.gov/drought.